Topic: Dawn raids

Spain doles out €61 million fines for rigging road service tenders

Spain’s competition authority has fined 12 infrastructure companies €61.2 million for rigging bids that handed them 63% of the nation’s overall road network budget.

20 August 2021

Dutch authority drops RPM probe despite uptick in vertical enforcement

The Dutch competition authority has closed an investigation into alleged resale price maintenance in the home furnishings sector, in what appears to be the first case to be discontinued in line with the agency’s guidelines on assessing vertical agreements.

18 August 2021

Germany settles RPM probe into backpack maker

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has fined a backpack maker approximately €2 million for setting minimum retail prices, a month after the same company was sanctioned in Austria for the same infringement.

17 August 2021

Russia raids supermarkets over price hikes

Russia’s antitrust enforcer has searched the premises of the country’s largest supermarket chains as it investigates suspicions they colluded to raise food prices.

17 August 2021

Russia raids luxury goods stores

Russia’s competition authority has raided several luxury goods retailers and distributors over suspicions of an international price-fixing conspiracy.

12 August 2021

Spanish court upholds dawn raids on Philip Morris

A Spanish court has confirmed that the country’s antitrust enforcer was entitled to raid Philip Morris in 2017 as part of an information-sharing investigation that ended with the tobacco company being ordered to pay a €15 million fine.

11 August 2021

Latvia sanctions construction cartel

Latvia’s Competition Council has levied a €16.7 million cartel fine on 10 construction companies after concluding one of its most important ever investigations, although counsel to one of the companies claims the agency may have relied on a trove of evidence unlawfully.

10 August 2021

Germany punishes musical instrument makers and retailers

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has fined five musical instrument companies a total of €21 million for vertical and horizontal price fixing, becoming the latest European enforcer to punish such behaviour.

05 August 2021

Austria fines backpack maker for RPM and online sales ban

Austria’s Cartel Court has imposed a fine on a school bag manufacturer for vertical price-fixing policies lasting over seven years as well as restricting its dealers from making online sales.

03 August 2021

Portugal issues private health sector with SO over collective bargaining

The Portuguese Competition Authority has accused five hospitals and their business association of coordinating negotiation strategies to fix prices of services offered to public agencies, but lawyers have warned the case could mean “the end of collective bargaining” for professional organisations.

30 July 2021

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